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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:20:27 -0400
Soccer-Venezuela stun Uruguay 1-0, close in on last-eight berth

(Reuters) - A goal by Salomon Rondon gave Venezuela an upset 1-0 win over Uruguay in Philadelphia on Thursday that put them on the verge of the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals with the record 15-times champions facing elimination. When midfielder Alejandro Guerra lobbed Fernando Muslera from more than 30 meters, the Uruguay goalkeeper chased back but only managed to tip the ball onto the bar and striker Rondon raced in to tap it into the net in the 36th minute. Venezuela, who beat Jamaica 1-0 in their opening Group C match, have six points, three more than Mexico, who beat Uruguay 3-1 on Sunday and were playing the Jamaicans later on Thursday in Pasaden

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:00:21 -0400
Soccer-Temptation of draw might stymie England and Russia

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - England and Russia are the big beasts of Group B and, though each would love a winning start when they meet on Saturday, the fear of losing could well become all-pervading and lead to a cagey encounter. England, on the back of winning all 10 qualifiers, not to mention a rare victory in Germany in a friendly, start favorites and will expect to make the running in front of a 60,000 crowd that will be predominantly behind them. Strikers Jamie Vardy, fresh from leading Leicester City to the most unlikely Premier League title, and Harry Kane, the Premier League's top scorer, seemingly demand selectio

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:19:22 -0400
Stand Together boosts group that helps kids through soccer

There has already been some trouble in the southern city of Marseille, which is hosting a European Championship match between England and Russia on Saturday. Football legends Diego Maradona and Pele set aside their differences and made peace Thursday ahead of the European Championships. Both South American rivals embraced at the Palais Royal in Paris in an event dubbed as the ''The Friendship Game,'' a promotional event with a five-on-five match with others retired football stars, including Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf and Bebet

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:12:03 -0400
It - a battle of Kosovars as Albania takes on Switzerland

Thirteen-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi already has big plans for the summer. The organization, 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance, is getting support from the local pro teams, the Timbers and the Thorns. Two of the kids have even gone on to play in the Timbers Academy for elite young player

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:52:24 -0400
Soccer-Turkey and Croatia among Kosovo - first World Cup opponents

(Reuters) - No amount of preparation is enough to snuff out the threat of Argentina's "assassin" Lionel Messi, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez said ahead of Friday's Copa America clash between the teams. Messi was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 2-1 win over holders Chile in their opening Group D match in Santa Clara, California on Monday after a back injury but will reappear when they face Panama in Chicag

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:37:19 -0400
England looking to learn from Brazil disappointment

By Brian Love and Richard Lough PARIS (Reuters) - As the stench of rotten, uncleared garbage wafts through parts of Paris and pilots prepare to strike, French President Francois Hollande said he would do what was needed to ensure protests do not spoil the Euro 2016 soccer tournament starting on Friday. "France was chosen to host this big event and will live up to the scale of the task," Hollande said, adding that a smooth running of the world's third biggest sporting event would also showcase a country bidding to host the 2024 Olympic

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:22:16 -0400
Soccer-Assassin Messi could be unstoppable - Panama coach

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The first wave of an expected 70,000 England fans descended on Marseille on Thursday and wasted no time establishing a foothold in Vieux Port to start three days of drinking and singing ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 match against Russia. Noisy and boisterous, bare-chested and full of lager and bravado, they draped the flags around the Queen Victoria "British pub" and roared out their songs of defiance in the time-honored manner of "England Away", just as they had in the same port-side bars 18 years ago. Of course, the vast majority of England fans had nothing to do with the trouble, though many still enjoyed the thrill of being part of an "invading army", bussed in huge convoys, flags waving to the ever-present backing track chant of "Ingerland&quot

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:22:16 -0400
Soccer-Assassin Messi could be unstoppable - Panama coach

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The first wave of an expected 70,000 England fans descended on Marseille on Thursday and wasted no time establishing a foothold in Vieux Port to start three days of drinking and singing ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 match against Russia. Noisy and boisterous, bare-chested and full of lager and bravado, they draped the flags around the Queen Victoria "British pub" and roared out their songs of defiance in the time-honored manner of "England Away", just as they had in the same port-side bars 18 years ago. Of course, the vast majority of England fans had nothing to do with the trouble, though many still enjoyed the thrill of being part of an "invading army", bussed in huge convoys, flags waving to the ever-present backing track chant of "Ingerland&quot

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:42:43 -0400
UEFA places Kosovo in World Cup group avoiding Bosnia

By Ian Gordon MONTREAL (Reuters) - Heineken and Formula One announced a multi-year global partnership on Thursday that the Dutch brewer said would rank alongside its long-standing sponsorship of European soccer's Champions League. No financial details were given for the deal, which was announced at the Canadian Grand Prix and starts in September with title sponsorship of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. "F1 is going to be one of our biggest ever partnership

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:24:49 -0400
Pele - replica of World Cup sells for $570,000 at auction

French cafe owners are being told not to host large outdoor TV broadcasts of the Euro 2016 soccer championship because of the security risk, in a country where Islamist attackers killed 130 people on one night in November. "It's all planned to ensure security at specific places," sports minister Thierry Braillard said "We cannot accept unorganized crowds because the security forces don't have the means to make them safe," he told RMC radio ahead of the June 10-July 10 tournament. The U.S. government warned last week of possible summer attacks in Europe, saying targets could include Euro 201

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:24:49 -0400
Pele - replica of World Cup sells for $570,000 at auction

French cafe owners are being told not to host large outdoor TV broadcasts of the Euro 2016 soccer championship because of the security risk, in a country where Islamist attackers killed 130 people on one night in November. "It's all planned to ensure security at specific places," sports minister Thierry Braillard said "We cannot accept unorganized crowds because the security forces don't have the means to make them safe," he told RMC radio ahead of the June 10-July 10 tournament. The U.S. government warned last week of possible summer attacks in Europe, saying targets could include Euro 201

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:43:49 -0400
Soccer-England - Hart keen to banish demons of the past at Euro 2016

Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up giant screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship. The move is aimed at improving security during the month-long tournament, with French authorities expecting fewer people will gather outside official fan zones if outdoor screens are banned. France has been under a state of emergency since last November's coordinated attacks which killed 130 people at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the football tournament will begin on Frida

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:37:33 -0400
Soccer-Defoe extends contract at Sunderland to 2019

French fans pinning their hopes on Paul Pogba being the talismanic midfielder leading them to European Championship glory on home soil may have to bank on someone else. Among the world's best players and valued at 100 million euros, Pogba shines for Juventus with driving runs and spectacular goals, but rarely plays with such panache for France because coach Didier Deschamps prefers him in a far more disciplined role. ''People expect too much from Paul,'' Deschamps sai

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:56:12 -0400
Soccer-England - Hart keen to banish demons of the past at Euro 2016

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- From sixth-tier football to the European Championship while bypassing all of Germany's youth sides, Jonas Hector's remarkable rise has caught most people by surprise. The 26-year-old Cologne defender, who only made his Bundesliga debut in 2014, is the only member of Germany's squad at Euro 2016 not to have played for one of its under-age teams, his talents hidden while playing for hometown team SV Auersmacher until he was 20. ''You can tell it's something different when it's the European Championship, when it's such a big tournament,'' Hector said Thursday at the team's base in Evian-les-Bain

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:00:49 -0400
No giant TV screens on French terraces during Euro 2016

By Diego Oré MARACAY, Venezuela (Reuters) - Every morning, Venezuelan archer Elias Malave picks up his old bow, attaches a handful of well-worn arrows to his belt and trains for five hours on an empty field, without a coach. The South American OPEC nation's brutal economic crisis has squeezed state funding for elite athletes, meaning many lack coaching, train with inadequate equipment and in some cases are pleading for donations to fund themselves. "The (government) response is always the same: 'There's no money,'" said Malave, who receives a small state stipend but confesses that a friendly karate fighter shares vitamin supplements with him because he does not have enoug

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:30:38 -0400
Soccer-Pedro backs Spain to cope with pressure at Euro 2016

Strikes on trains that go to the national stadium, and on planes that should be carrying fans. A tug of war between the Socialist government and labor leaders over changes to French workplace practices is ensnaring fans hoping for a month of fine football and a great time. Already Thursday, strikes threw train services to the national stadium into disarray before the opening game it hosts on Friday nigh

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 07:04:43 -0400
Kremlin shrugs off new doping allegations, raps corrupt fugitives

Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up TV screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship. The controversial move is aimed at improving security during the month-long tournament, with French authorities expecting fewer people will gather outside official fan zones if outdoor screens are banned. France has been under a state of emergency since last November's coordinated attacks which killed 130 people at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the football tournament will begin on Frida

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 07:04:43 -0400
Soccer-Going out early will be "failure", says Croatia - Modric

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday shrugged off new allegations of doping in Russian sport and slammed those giving such evidence to Western broadcasters as "well-known fugitive figures working off their 30 silver coins". The Kremlin maintains that documentaries, including the ones by German public broadcaster ARD/WDR, about numerous cases of Russians using banned substances, are "unfounded slander", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alexander Winnin

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:40:11 -0400
Soccer-Sanchez Flores named as Espanyol coach

Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up TV screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship. France has been under a state of emergency since last November's coordinated attacks which killed 130 people at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the football tournament will begin on Friday. The ban is expected to annoy bar owners, especially in the south of France were people spend warm summer evenings outdoor

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 02:57:00 -0400
Soccer-Rooney rules out future move to new Premier League club

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday he denied accusations of covering up a positive doping test from a top-flight Russian footballer, TASS news agency reported. Mutko said on Wednesday the allegations by German public broadcaster ARD/WDR were an attempt to sway a ruling on Russia's ban from international athletics ahead of the Rio Olympics. .

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 22:31:42 -0400
Brazil hammer hapless Haiti 7-1 in Copa America massacre

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Bigger than ever, the European Championship kicks off in Paris on Friday with a four-week feast of soccer that promises to elevate the game above the corruption scandals and security fears that have overshadowed its build-up. All eyes will be on hosts France when they get the ball rolling against Romania in the Stade de France -- 210 days after suicide bombers at the same venue triggered a night of horror across the capital which killed 130 people. It should have been a proud moment for former UEFA president Michel Platin

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:52:18 -0400
Ronaldo back for Portugal with 2 goals in 7-0 win vs Estonia

Spain's first challenge at the European Championship will be to forget a disappointing home loss in its final warmup match. The two-time defending champions traveled to France on Wednesday filled with doubts after struggling against 137th-ranked Georgia, a team that wasn't even close to qualifying for Euro 2016. Tuesday's 1-0 loss in Getafe left players and coach Vicente Del Bosque searching for answers and looking to put the setback behind them as quickly as possibl

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:12:05 -0400
Striking transport workers disrupt fans travel to Euro 2016

The organizers of the Euro 2016 soccer championship fully realize the security challenges in holding the tournament, but are not aware of any precise threat, their head said on Wednesday. More than 90,000 police, soldiers and private security agents will be deployed across France to ensure safety for the June 10-July 10 competition. The tournament opens on Friday with a state of emergency still in force after Islamist attacks last November that killed 130 people in Paris at sites across the capital, including the Stade de France stadium where the opening game and the final will be hel

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:39:34 -0400
UEFA: Banned president Platini can get Euro 2016 invite

France coach Didier Deschamps wants the European Championship, which starts Friday, to give the French people an ''escape'' from security fears, violent labor protests, train strikes and floods. ''A big competition, especially when a country has social problems, allows the French people a moment of escape,'' Deschamps said Wednesday. In what should normally be a time for excitement and anticipation, host France's Euro 2016 preparations have been overshadowed above all by security concerns, and there will be unease among fans flocking to the national stadium on Friday evening for the opener against Romani

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:14:16 -0400
Soccer-Platini can attend Euro 2016 matches, FIFA tells UEFA

PARIS (Reuters) - Banned UEFA president Michel Platini will be allowed to attend matches at the European soccer Championship providing he does not do it in any official role, the European governing body's acting general secretary said on Wednesday. "We received a letter today (from FIFA) telling us Michel could attend matches as a person, providing he does not do so in any official function", Theodore Theodoridis told a pre-tournament news conference. The executive committee of UEFA will now rule on a demand by the European body to invite Platini for the entire tournament, he added. .

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:14:16 -0400
Soccer-Platini can attend Euro 2016 matches, FIFA tells UEFA

PARIS (Reuters) - Banned UEFA president Michel Platini will be allowed to attend matches at the European soccer Championship providing he does not do it in any official role, the European governing body's acting general secretary said on Wednesday. "We received a letter today (from FIFA) telling us Michel could attend matches as a person, providing he does not do so in any official function", Theodore Theodoridis told a pre-tournament news conference. The executive committee of UEFA will now rule on a demand by the European body to invite Platini for the entire tournament, he added. .

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 11:44:26 -0400
FIFA clears Chelsea, Salah of breaking contract rules

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Slovenian football boss Aleksandar Ceferin launched what appeared to be a strong bid for the presidency of UEFA on Wednesday, claiming to have support from almost one-third of the European soccer body's member associations. The Slovenian football association, in announcing its president's intention to stand, listed 18 European FAs out of a total of 55 that it said were prepared to support him. Ceferin joins Dutchman Michael van Praag as a candidate for the Sept. 14 election to replace Frenchman Michael Platini, banned for four years by FIFA for ethics violation

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:28:45 -0400
Saint-Etienne fan zone under strike threat

PARIS (AP) -- Michel Platini will be allowed to attend the European Championshi

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:55:05 -0400
Spain heads to France trying to forget disappointing loss

France launched an app to alert users to attacks on Wednesday, two days before the Euro 2016 soccer championship gets underway under a state of emergency imposed after militant Islamists struck Paris in November. The Interior Ministry app, called SAIP, flashes a warning on a user's mobile phone screen if there is an attack close to their location or suspicion of an imminent strike. "'Things are getting better?' The creation of #SAIP leaves you thinking that, at least in terms of security, it's not really the case," said one Twitter user, referring to President Francois Hollande's mantra that life for the French is improvin

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 22:53:18 -0400
Soccer-US hammer Costa Rica to keep Copa America hopes alive

(Reuters) - The United States kept their Copa America hopes alive by thrashing Costa Rica 4-0 in Chicago on Tuesday. After losing their opener 2-0 to Colombia, the United States were in clinical form against the Central Americans and scored three times in the first half through Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood. Substitute Graham Zusi added a fourth in the 86th minute to cap the win and improve the hosts' goal differenc

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:30:03 -0400
Soccer-Spain beaten by Georgia in final Euro 2016 warmup

Spain lost 1-0 to Georgia at home on Tuesday in its final warmup before heading to France to defend its European Championship title. Spain dominated from the start but failed to capitalize on its scoring chances, while Georgia took its only significant chance, following a blunder by Spain's defense. Midfielder Tornike Okriashvili scored the winner in the 40th after a bad pass by Jordi Alba led to a counterattac

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:36:51 -0400
Soccer-German Ruediger out of Euros through injury

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Germany defender Antonio Ruediger has been ruled out of the European Championship after suffering a knee injury in training on Tuesday. Ruediger tore a cruciate ligament in his right knee, the German football federation said. The 23-year-old Ruediger is likely to miss around six months after sustaining the injury in a tussle with Thomas Muelle

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:18:10 -0400
UEFA keeps close eye on Russian team after doping scandal

ROME (AP) -- Roma captain Francesco Totti has penned a one-year extension to his contract, tying him to the capital club until 201

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:18:10 -0400
UEFA keeps close eye on Russian team after doping scandal

Former Torino manager Giampiero Ventura has been appointed as Italy's new coach and will take over the Azzurri after the European Championship. Ventura had been widely expected to be named as the successor to Antono Conte, who is taking over at Chelsea after the tournament in France. Ventura's appointment was confirmed Tuesday after a meeting at the Italian soccer federatio

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:13:12 -0400
Soccer-UEFA keeps close eye on Russian team after doping scandal

By John Irish CHATENAY-MALABRY, France, (Reuters) - European soccer's governing body UEFA is paying "special attention" to the Russian team for potential drug violations during the month-long Euro 2016 tournament, the head of UEFA's anti-doping arm said on Tuesday. Russia was suspended from world athletics in November after an international investigation uncovered damning evidence of widespread doping and corruption. "We are aware of what happened in Russi

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:32:09 -0400
Rapid Vienna signs former Schalke player Bueskens as coach

Spanish public prosecutors want Brazil captain Neymar to face charges of fraud and corruption over his transfer to Barcelona from Santos three years ago. State Prosecutor Jose Perals Calleja on Tuesday filed preliminary proceedings to Spain's high court for Neymar, his father-cum-agent Neymar Da Silva Santos, former Barcelona president Sandro Rossell and ex-Santos president Odilio Rodrigues to answer charges of fraud and corruption. Neymar's mother, Nadine Gonçalves, who is a 50 percent shareholder of the family company N&N Consolatory Esportiva e Empresarial Ltda, is also named as having financially benefited from the alleged corruptio

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:48:00 -0400
Prosecutors want Neymar on trial over Barcelona transfer

By Brian Love and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - The head of the French state railway said on Tuesday that he hoped the powerful CGT union would endorse a new deal on working conditions and end a strike before the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, hosted by France, starts on Friday. The end to a week of stoppages hinges on France's biggest union after the smaller Sud Rail rejected the Socialist government's modified proposals. Workers from other industries have staged protests over the last few weeks to challenge broader government plans to make hiring and firing easier as President Francois Hollande tries to trim a jobless rate stuck stubbornly at 10 percen

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:44:27 -0400
Soccer-Chelsea and Mourinho settle with former doctor

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea has reached a settlement with its former club doctor at the start of an employment tribuna

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:16:58 -0400
Cricket-England have no animosity towards Amir, says Broad

Despite what it calls the most comprehensive anti-doping program at a European Championship, UEFA says some players might go through the tournament without being blood-tested. UEFA revealed the details of its anti-doping plans for the month-long tournament on Tuesday at the French anti-doping laboratory, where samples will be tested. Marc Vouillamoz, the UEFA head of medical and anti-doping, said all players from the 24 teams have been in a testing pool since Januar

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:29:54 -0400
Britain warns fans France Euro 2016 venues are potential targets

Britain's Foreign Office has warned fans travelling to France for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament that its venues are "potential targets for terrorist attacks". The month-long competition starts on Friday and will be held in stadiums across France, which has been repeatedly targeted by Islamist militants including in a series of attacks on November 13 that killed 130 people in Paris. The Foreign Office website, updated on Tuesday, advised fans travelling to support them to be vigilant at all times and follow the advice of French authoritie

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 01:33:29 -0400
Soccer-Di Maria scores as Argentina beat Chile

(Reuters) - Argentina shrugged off the absence of Lionel Messi to beat Chile 2-1 in the Copa America on Monday, with an emotional Angel Di Maria scoring the opening goal and dedicating it to his grandmother, who passed away before the game. With Messi watching from the sidelines due to a back injury, Di Maria put the 14-times champions ahead early in the second half before Ever Banega doubled their lead shortly after. Jose Pedro Fuenzalida pulled a goal back for Chile in injury tim

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 22:32:26 -0400
Soccer-Mistake to hold Centenary Copa in US: Uruguay FA chief

(Reuters) - The head of Uruguay's soccer association, Wilmar Valdez, says it was a mistake to play the Centenary Copa America in the United States and that the tournament had been arranged to favor Mexico, who beat Uruguay 3-1 in their opening game. In a bad-tempered encounter in Phoenix on Sunday, Uruguay had a man sent off in the first half and conceded two goals in the last nine minutes. Valdez told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 that the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) should not have chosen the United States to host the 100th anniversary of the world’s oldest continental competition first played in Buenos Aires in 191

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:23:36 -0400
Soccer-Peseiro returns for second spell as Braga manager

VERONA, Italy (AP) -- Italy again dominated as it beat Finland 2-0 in its final warmup for the European Championship on Monda

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:52:44 -0400
Zimbabwe soccer federation folds under debt, starts again

Poland rested striker Robert Lewandowski and missed his firepower as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Lithuania in a Euro 2016 warm-up in the former capital city of Krakow on Monday. The stalemate before a 30,000 crowd against a determined Lithuania side playing on the counter followed Poland's 2-1 loss to the Netherlands in a friendly last week. Poland coach Adam Nawalka fielded an experimental defense with Thiago Cionek in central defense and talented teenage midfielder Bartosz Kapustka deployed at right back to try to beef up the rearguard but they still looked vulnerabl

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:46:43 -0400
Soccer- Mascherano will not force Barcelona exit

The announcement came as France promised unprecedented security for the soccer tournament's crowds and stadiums, which includes the French national stadium that was attacked by suicide bombers on Nov. 13. The tournament begins Friday among Europe's top 24 national teams and mesmerizes the continent - and much of the world - for a month. The intelligence agency, known as the SBU, ''has managed to foil a series of 15 terrorist attacks which were planned to target France before and during'' Euro 2016, said its chief, Vasyl Hrytsa

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:04:10 -0400
Soccer-Frenchman Evra extends Juventus contract

TURIN, Italy (AP) -- France defender Patrice Evra has renewed his contract at Juventus, tying him to the Serie A champion to June 2017 with the option for one more yea

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:49:59 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola to start Man City reign against former club Bayern

More than 10,000 words have been cut from the ''Laws of the Game'' ahead of the European Championship, but don't expect the changes to make the games in France any less controversial. The biggest change introduced by IFAB, the body that writes the rules of soccer, helps defenders when they try to prevent an attacker from scoring. Now, IFAB has ruled that if a defender is making a genuine attempt to play the ball, the referee can choose to only show him a yellow car

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:41:26 -0400
Frenchman accused of amassing arsenal for Euro 2016 attacks

Paris' police chief said on Monday he would be receiving thousands of reinforcements ahead of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament and that his force was as prepared as it could be to face the risk of a militant attack in the French capital. France is in a state of emergency after militants killed 130 people in a series of coordinated assaults across Paris in November. Ukraine's state security service also said on Monday a French citizen detained on the border with Poland had been planning attacks on Jewish and Muslim places of worship in France to coincide with the soccer championshi

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:52:41 -0400
China - Suning buys majority stake in Inter Milan

France has revamped its stadiums for the biggest-ever European Championship, which begins Friday when the host nation takes on Romania at the Stade de France in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. France's national stadium, which was built for the 1998 World Cup, will also host the final on July 10. Other venues are new, including the Stade de Lyon, which was the most expensive to build and only opened at the start of the yea

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:05:55 -0400
Messi more determined than ever to win with Argentina

Ukraine's intelligence agency SBU said on Monday it has thwarted a plot to attack soccer's European Championships in France by arresting a Frenchman who wanted to cross from Ukraine into the European Union armed to the teeth. ''The Ukrainian Security Service has managed to foil a series of 15 terrorist attacks which were planned to target France before and during the European football championships,'' Vasyl Hrytsak, the security agency's chief, told national televisio

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